Hooks Elementary student raising money for community
A 2nd grader at Hooks Elementary is doing his part to make the world a better place, helping his fellow students to not be hungry.
Braxton Evans is a student at Hooks Elementary that is wanting to help some of his fellow students by raising funds to help Fighting Hunger Through Faith. As of Monday morning, Braxton has raised $600, with a goal set for at least $1,000.
Fighting Hunger through Faith was started in Hooks about a decade ago, and was an effort of the local churches to make sure students were fed on weekends and holidays when they could not get food from school. They now pack backpacks every Thursday and are currently sending food home with 55 students.
The organization also sends home food, including staples like peanut butter and jelly, and healthy foods with high nutritional value.
Valerie Edwards, a 3rd grade teacher at Hooks, works with the backpack organization and says, “I am not surprised. The caring nature of the family, his grandfather was Dale Hanes, and the rest of that family has a tradition of helping people in our community. It is in their nature to give people a glimmer of hope and Braxton is carrying on that tradition…I am excited to have him in my class next year.”
Fighting Hunger Through Faith, is a Hooks based group that sends boxes of food home each weekend for students in need at the elementary and junior high level. This year, the organization is currently helping out 55 students at Hooks ISD by sending them home with a variety of food to help them through lean times.
Braxton says, “I am going to ride my bike for ten miles to raise money, and people will make donations to help.” Braxton has also asked his family and friends to make donations to the fundraiser instead of giving him birthday presents this year. He is set to turn 8-years-old in May.
His grandfather, Scott Hanes, told the Tribune on Monday, “As Braxton’s grandfather, I am very proud that he wants to help his fellow students that need a hand. He is working to become a strong citizen for the community.”
An event page for the fundraiser has been setup on Facebook. There is a PayPal link on the page for donations. You can find that page by going to https://fb.me/e/3EXwx8uNy
You can also make donations to the effort by going to see Patti at the local branch of Bancorp South.
In the photo, Braxton Evans, left, and his little brother ride their bikes on a beautiful spring day last year. The 2nd grader at Hooks Elementary hopes to raise $1,000 to help his fellow students at Hooks ISD.